vBrownBag Submissions Complete!

As a follow-up to my blog the other day about ideas for vBrownBag Tech Talks at VMworld 2019, I decided to post what I actually submitted.

First off, I’d really like to thank the vCommunity, as the response to several of my ideas was really well received. Quite a few members responded that they would be interested in my Panel Discussion idea about being a VMUG Leader. Because of that great interest, that is the first Tech Talk I submitted. A 27-minute submission entitled “Panel Discussion — All Things VMUG.”

The abstract for this submission is as follows: In this “fireside chat” with fellow VMUG and vCommunity Leaders we will discuss trends in VMUG groups across the country. We will delve into what is working for some groups, what doesn’t work, how to grow the Leadership panel of your local group, what to do if your local group has “died on the vine,” and how to keep the USER in your group. This session will include a wealth of Leadership Experience, so you will not want to miss it.

For my 2nd vBrownBag Tech Talk, I submitted a 12-minute discussion entitled “Top 12 Do’s and Don’ts of VMUG Leadership.” For this session, with it being a shorter length, I envision it as a “Lightning Round” of items I’ve seen and experienced in my years of VMUG Leadership across multiple groups. Thus, the abstract for this session is as follows: A Lightning Round Discussion of the Top 12 Do’s and Don’ts in being a VMUG Leader, based upon 10+ years of Leadership Experience across multiple VMUGs, both large and small.

I’m not sure if either submission will be selected, but I’ve enjoyed working on them thus far and really appreciate all of the feedback I’ve received from the vCommunity. As I hear more information on the selection process, I’ll make sure and keep everyone updated.

Potential vBrownBag Tech Talks

I chatted with Ariel Sanchez recently, seeking advice on how I could potentially obtain a FREE VMworld pass this year (surprisingly it is quite difficult for a new VMware TAM to get a pass to attend). As with everything, Ariel had a bunch of great suggestions. One suggestion that really piqued my interest was the opportunity speak at VMworld at a vBrownBag Tech Talk.

For those that don’t know about this opportunity, you can submit to present a 12 or 27-minute Tech Talk through vBrownBag. The link for submissions is found here. There, it specifically says that the submission should be a “presentation by community members on subjects of interest to other members.”

I started thinking “what do I know that is of interest to other community members?” Well, I have been a VMUG Leader in multiple VMUGs (Central MS, OKC, and Orlando) over the past 10 years. I’ve seen really good meetings with great user participation, and I’ve seen really bad meetings where very few showed up and it seemed to be more a Sales Pitch for the Sponsor of the meeting.

I would like to share my experience with the vCommunity, as even though I am now a VMUG Steering Committee member of both Central MS and Orlando VMUG groups (VMware employees cannot be a Leader, but can be on the Steering Committee), I feel I have a good idea of how to drive User Participation in local VMUGs. But I also don’t think my way is the only way, and I am constantly asking other VMUG Leaders for tips and tricks that work for their group.

Therefore, I’m currently thinking of two submissions for vBrownBag Tech Talks…1) A 12-minute discussion of Do’s and Don’ts while being a VMUG Leader, and 2) A 27-minute panel discussion of All Things VMUG (in this discussion, I’d seek out probably 5 VMUG Leaders from other groups and have a “fireside chat” of what works and doesn’t work for their group).

So, those are two ideas I’m kicking around for vBrownBag Tech Talks. What do you think? Is this something that would be of interest to some in the vCommunity? Hit me up on Twitter (@shanfitz) and let me know your thoughts. Thanks!